Harry Potter should stop chasing evil wizards and put on a chef's coat and get in the kitchen. That is the only way these evil "menu changers" would be able to get the food that they really want to get.
"Since I'm allergic, I'll have the peanut bar but without peanuts... I'll have pecans instead." I didn't know there was a choice of nut for this dessert. News flash... if you are allergic to peanuts, and you're looking at a dessert menu that has an item called "the peanut bar," you probably should decide on something else. (Right, Irene?)
"I'll have the 'beet and goat cheese salad' but I don't like goat cheese, what would you suggest?" I suggest you order one of the dishes that doesn't have a main ingredient you don't like.
Or better yet, "Is there a lot of crab in the 'crab salad?' I'm not a huge fan of a lot of crab." If the main ingredient is in the title of the entree, there's a good chance that it's the majority of the dish.
If a restaurant lets you walk in and order whatever you felt like eating at that moment, chances are, you're still at your house. Chefs create menus based on their creativity and what's readily available during that season, not off a customer's personal preferences for that day.
Until next time... Server's don't pay their rent with compliments.
"Bitter, party of one? Your table is ready."
The Bitter Bistro